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August 2015

Beauty, Hair

Healthy Hair Tips

August 30, 2015

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If you’ve seen some of my recent posts or follows me on Instagram, you may have noticed that my hair was getting quite long! I love long hair, but it was time for a trim. Last week I had 3 inches chopped off, and even though my hair still looks long (new haircut above), I do miss those 3 inches. I take good care of my hair, so I felt inspired to provide some healthy hair tips.

  • Bleach, perms, highlights, and color are very damaging. I colored my hair once and it took over 5 years to get my hair back to a healthy state. I know these treatments can create a great look and boost confidence, but my advice is to embrace your natural hair color. I won’t risk doing any of these treatments since they lead to dry, damaged hair.
  • Limit heat. Most of the time I let my hair air dry, but when I don’t have the time, I turn my hair dryer to the lowest heat setting. I also limit using straightener and curling iron.
  • Always use heat protectant when using hot tools on your hair. Spray it all over, and then use a comb to distribute it evenly.
  • Don’t wash your hair every day. This one is hard for me because I need to wash my hair after every workout. However, on non-workout days I will skip the wash and use a dry shampoo to remove excess oil. My hair stylist only washes her hair once a week. We all have different hair types and tolerance, so just play around with dry shampoo and different types of updos so you won’t need to shampoo as often.
  • Get regular trims. I don’t like getting cuts because I like my hair long, but trims will keep your hair looking healthy and speed up hair growth.
  • Massaging your scalp in the shower will not only improve mood and reduce stress, but also stimulate hair growth and the strength of your roots. I try to do this when I condition my hair.
  • Use a deep conditioner once a week. Make sure you use the right conditioner (damaged hair, fine hair, etc).
  • Stay hydrated and eat well!

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Beauty, Skincare

5 Skincare Staples

August 27, 2015

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Last week I wrote a post about my 5 makeup staples, so I want to continue with my 5 skincare staples. I am always trying out new products, but these are my go-to skincare products that I have repurchased again and again because they work like magic on my skin!

It took me a while to try the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil. I was afraid because I have oily skin so the thought of applying “oil” to my skin was just crazy. However, I finally bought the mini size after watching countless YouTubers rave about this product, and I immediately fell in love! Since then I have gone through two of the large size! It is a lightweight oil with multiple uses. I haven’t been using it as often during the summer, but normally I use it as my nighttime moisturizer. It works like magic especially during the cold winter months! I have also used it to nourish my nails, and recently I made a serum using this argan oil (along with a couple other ingredients) to grow my eyebrows and eyelashes! Continue Reading…

Life, Lifestyle

Second Wedding Anniversary

August 25, 2015

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My husband and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary yesterday. So much has happened in the last two years: we moved to a new apartment in Minnesota, we honeymooned in Fuji and New Zealand, I toured and applied to business school, I left a great job, I moved to Chicago, we started long distance, I went back to school full-time, I traveled to Peru, Turkey, China, and Japan, he moved to Istanbul for 3 months for work, I found a summer internship in Chicago, he traveled to Chicago every weekend to see me, I made hundreds of new friends, I started this blog, we celebrated, laughed, cried and mourned, and we continue to face challenges and experience new opportunities together. Long distance is extremely difficult, but we are both very focused on the life we’ve envisioned together, so it has to be like this a bit longer. I’m not sure where we will be in a year from now, but I have the best life partner and I’m excited for all of our adventures together!

We celebrated our anniversary at Cafe Lurcat, which is one of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. I love the Chilean Sea Bass so much that I requested our wedding caterer to make this at our wedding reception. We also ordered the mini donuts, which is amazing! As if that wasn’t enough… we then went to Fogo de Chao for their molten lava cake–Ted’s favorite.

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I received a beautiful statement necklace from Happiness Boutique a few days ago and it paired perfectly with my outfit. Happiness Boutique is an online store based out of Berlin, Germany. The web store has fashionable jewelry and clothing at affordable prices. It offers free shipping and a rewards program. It was difficult selecting a necklace because there are so many to choose from and the website has beautiful imagery. I finally chose a neutral colored necklace because it will go with more outfits (link to necklace). The necklace came exactly as pictured and I am very pleased with the quality of it. Thank you Happiness Boutique for sending it!

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Beauty, Skincare

Sunday Pamper Routine

August 23, 2015

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a great week. I love to set aside some “me” time, and that normally involves a LONG pamper session. The time is so important to me because it helps me to destress and to get me ready for a new week. I’m able to do this because I don’t have kids and it’s summer break. I know everyone’s situation is different, but I think it’s important to set aside time every week to unwind, whether it’s knitting sweaters for your cats, writing in a journal, listening to music or pampering session, you deserve it! During the school year things can get pretty hectic for me, but you can bet that when there is time, I’m choosing to be at home in pajamas and a face mask!

Here’s what I go through during my pamper sessions. I don’t really like baths, so I start off with a shower and treat myself to the L’Occitane Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil with Almond Oil. This smells amazing and leaves my skin super soft. Then I apply body scrub on my arms, hands, and legs. The scrub I’m currently using is from Bath & Body Works’ Aromatherapy line. The sugar is fine and hard, so it is very effective in exfoliating skin. I also exfoliate my lips with Sara Happ Lip Scrub. This gets rid of any dead skin on my lips and leaves it soft and smooth. There are several flavors to choose from–my favorites are vanilla bean and red velvet.

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Beauty, Makeup

5 Makeup Staples

August 20, 2015

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Most days I keep my makeup to a minimal and I reach for just a couple of items. Here are my 5 makeup staples that I absolutely LOVE and will repurchase again and again.

I used to think primer is an unnecessary step, but after I started experimenting with primers, I’ve seen a huge difference in how my makeup looks–especially after a long day. My t-zone tends to get very oily, so I apply the Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Face Primer to keep my makeup under control. It is also great at reducing the appearance of pores.

The Laura Mercier Secret Concealer is the best concealer at hiding dark circles and discolorations. I love the creamy texture and a little goes a long way! It took me over a year to go through just one of these so it’s definitely worth the price! I also love the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser but the Laura Mercier concealer tends to stay on much longer. Continue Reading…

Fashion

Wedding Guest Outfit and Advice

August 16, 2015

IMG_2818 (1) Dress: Romeo & Juliet (similar 1, 2) | Wedge: Michael Antonio (similiar)
Purse: Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch | Bracelet: BaubleBar (similiar)

My husband and I celebrated the marriage of two friends this week. It was a beautiful wedding held at the Golden Valley Country Club in Minnesota, and we were honored to be part of their special day. I had recently purchased a Romeo & Juliet dress from Hautelook and was excited to wear it for the first time. The color is perfect for summer and I love the flared bottom. I paired it with comfortable wedges and my feet felt fine even after spending time on the dance floor. Continue Reading…